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Accent With Area Rugs

Area Rugs are the perfect accent for your new Hardwood!

Accent your Hardwood with Area Rugs.

Accent your Hardwood with Area Rugs.

More and more of us are choosing hard surface products for our homes. Harwood and Tile make up the bulk of most purchases for new homes. Why not accent those floors with Area Rugs? You can use Rugs for warmth and color. If your find your new floors are a little louder then you care for Rugs can help reduce the noise factor.

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Determining the proper size for a rug is just as important as finding the right color and pattern. At ProSource we can help you with the dimensions for your particular area as well. Keep in mind that we also offer custom-sizing for hard-to-fit areas and these can be made from every product we sell from High End Wool, Sisal, Cut and Loop Patterns or even Shag.

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Here are some dimensions to keep in mind for the Dining Room, First measure the length and width or diameter of the table.  The recommended allowances are 30″ for side chairs and 36″ for armchairs.  Rugs should extend beyond the chairs in the pulled out position to allow room to get in and out of the chair comfortably.

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Define your spaces within your Living Room. The size and shape of your rug can help determine and define furniture groupings as well as intended areas of use, such as conversation areas.

Rugs can help define your area.

Rugs can help define your area.

Multiple rugs can link one room to another.  Furniture can be centered on the rugs or positioned off the rug depending on the size of the room and feeling you are after.  Companion rugs can be of different patterns, but should share a similar color palette.

Custom Rugs help with the ability to flow from one room to the next.

Custom Rugs help with the ability to flow from one room to the next.

 

In bedrooms, one large rug is luxurious, but the bed will cover most of it. Smaller equal-sized rugs used around the bed are another option. The soft comfort of a rug is most appreciated when stepping in and out of bed.

Don't let your bed cover your Area Rugs!

Don’t let your bed cover your Area Rugs!

In hallways, the length is optional. Try to place a runner rug so it does not end in the middle of a doorway. In a very long hall, several small runners can work. They do not have to match but the colors should coordinate.

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Flooring Choices For Your Staircase

Staircases always seem to pose a difficult point in deciding flooring options for a home. There are a lot of things to consider when choosing the flooring for a staircase. One of my most popular options is to choose a carpet from one of the thousands of options in the showroom and custom make a stair runner with coordinating Area Rugs and Hall Runners. At ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings you can choose products from 250 top manufacturers – Great products from brands your clients ask for by name, like Masland, Fabrica, Stanton, Milliken, just to name a few.Usually when planning a Staircase with a Carpet we have to order more carpet then needed because of waste and the Area Rugs cost practically nothing more then the binding charge.

A beautiful pattern carpet runner on this staircase is complimented by the area rug in the dining room.

A beautiful pattern carpet runner on this staircase is complimented by the area rug in the dining room.

When ever I start with a Client in the Showroom, my first question is usually, “Who will be using the Staircase?” If it is younger children or older adults safety becomes my chief concern, stairs can be very slippery with the wrong product on them. If your stairs have not been built yet, here are some ratios for safety when planning your staircase:

Safety First
The horizontal distance from the front to back of the tread is called the run, and the vertical distance is the rise. As you will have noticed from the staircases you’ve walked on, the rise and run can vary.
Rise-to-run ratio. The total of the rise and run should add up to 17 inches. Practically speaking, this means that as the run gets shorter, the rise should get steeper for the stair to feel comfortable as you walk. There are limits, of course. A rise of more than 8¼ inches is going to be too steep for many people.

Matching your exsisting hardwood with a painted riser gives a very clean visual.

Matching your existing hardwood with a painted riser gives a very clean visual.

Another concern is what products do the stairs meet at the top and bottom of the staircase? In my own home I have two different tiles at each end of the stairs, a darker tile is in my Kitchen upstairs and lighter tile downstairs in our Family Den. I chose a dark hardwood and I am in the process of looking for the perfect runner to incorporate down the middle.

The bound edges of a classy carpet make a nice runner and landing on hardwood.

The bound edges of a classy carpet make a nice runner and landing on hardwood.

Design and color always play one of the largest concerns when planning your stairs. Why not have a little fun? I have always liked hardwood on the tread with decorative hand painted tiles on the riser. It adds life to any staircase.

Hand Painted Tiles add spice to any staircase

Hand Painted Tiles add spice to any staircase

One of my favorite options when budget is a large concern is for a Patterned Carpet. It gives the staircase a clean and elegant look and holds up well under traffic.

A tight nylon, patterned carpet will hold up well on a busy staircase.

A tight nylon, patterned carpet will hold up well on a busy staircase.

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Austin, Texas Phone – 512-836-7888

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Fort Worth, Texas  Phone – 817-831-8181

Little Rock, Arkansas Phone –  501-758-0801

San Antonio, Texas Phone – 210-829-8290

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4 Tips for Creating a Cozier Living Space

If one of the most frequented rooms in your home is small, dark and dull, you might be itching to spruce it up and transform it into a sanctuary for your family – but what do you do if you’re not exactly an experienced interior designer? Luckily, it doesn’t always take a professional to know how to select the appropriate flooring, furniture and decorative pieces to enhance a dark, bland space. Here are four tips on how to improve the decor of a room that could use a little extra TLC.

1. Use bright colors.
Whether your room has a limited amount of space or you simply want to brighten it up, there’s no easier way to do so than through color. Consider picking carpet flooring in a light neutral to make the room feel larger than it really is.

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2. Bring in reflective surfaces.
Reflective surfaces can do wonders for a room that lacks space and style. Instead of decking out your walls with paintings, use antique mirrors instead to reflect light and create the illusion of more space. Use glass coffee tables or side tables that spread natural light throughout the room. These small tactics can go a long way when it comes to creating elegance and a welcoming atmosphere.

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3. Utilize natural light.
What better way to brighten up a space than with sunlight? If your room has numerous windows, you’re in luck – these are the most effective tools you have to create a more inviting space. Allow sunlight to flow into your room throughout the day to make it a cozier area for work and play. Work in more window treatments to anchor the room in warm light.

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4. Incorporate storage pieces.
Keeping your room neat and tidy might be all that’s necessary to enhance its interior design. That being said, you may want to bring in new pieces of storage furniture to make this dream a reality, whether it’s an armoire or a small standing cabinet. These items can make it easier for you and your family to maintain the decor of the space.

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Whether you plan on decorating now or in the near future, these tips can help you create an interior design worth keeping for years to come.

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October 19, 2012 · 1:58 PM

ACCENTING WITH AREA RUGS

Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of U.S. homeowners have rugs in their homes. That’s no surprise since area rugs can change a room from cold and unfinished to warm and stylishly complete. Area rugs have many functions. They can make a room appear larger, create an intimate seating area, keep feet warm on hard surface floors, minimize noise levels, complete a design scheme as well as many other functions. It is hard to set “rules” for area rug sizes since there are no standard room sizes with exact furniture placement. Use the advice below as a general guideline to get you started. The final decision should be based on how the room looks and feels when the rug is put into place.

Choosing the right pattern can be as important as choosing the right size. If you have a solid color sofa, painted walls rather than patterned wallpaper and minimal patterns in the room, a patterned area rug can tie all of the other colors in the room together giving you a whole new look for the room. If your room has patterned walls, patterned upholstery and other focal points, but the floors still need warmth, an area rug with a less detailed pattern or even a solid rug with a border might be the best choice.

How do you choose the right size to achieve the look you want?

Take into consideration the edges and corners of the area rug being a trip hazard.
The proper type of rug pad should always be used depending on the type of flooring under the rug. Failure to use the proper type of rug padding can do permanent damage to the floors because the backing can scratch the floors. Choosing the right type of rug pad, whether it be on top of wood, tile or carpet will be safer for your floors and keep your area rug from “walking” or “crawling”. Also, be sure that your rug is properly secured to the floor so that no one trips over the rug. Rug pad also helps the rug wear better, absorb the impact of body weight and noise and make vacuuming easier.

  • Rugs come with and without fringes. This is personal preference, depending if the option is offered for the rug. There are different styles and lengths of fringe for area rugs ranging from short (that stays in place) to long (that doesn’t always stay perfectly in place). Care should be taken when vacuuming an area rug with fringe.
  • Area rugs should be rotated at least once a year if the floors underneath are subject to fading. This will ensure even aging of the floors under the rug.

Living Room

Under the coffee table – typically a 4×6 or 6×9 area rug will work best here. This application will work best if your area rug is going over carpet or is being used to bring a conversation area in closer for a more intimate feel. The entire coffee table should fit on the area rug and be as close to the same length as the furniture as possible.
Covering most of the floor – if you have a large room with hard surface floors and are trying to warm the entire room or address acoustic issues, an oversized area rug might be the best solution. If the seating pieces are positioned comfortably in the center of the room and a walk way is desired around the perimeter of the room be sure that all of the furniture fits on the area rug.
It is optional if you want the back feet of the sofa on the area rug. All 4 chair legs of chairs that can be picked up and repositioned should always be on the area rug so that a guest is not unbalanced while seated.

Dining Room

Plan to purchase an area rug that will not only accommodate the size of the table with all of the leaves inserted, but also cover the space that is required when the chairs are pulled out to seat someone. It can be uncomfortable to sit in a chair with the front legs on the rug and the back legs are off the rug, especially if you try to adjust the chair forward. Most dining room tables need an area rug that is at least 8’ wide.
If you do not use the dining room very often and plan to use the leaves even less, you can purchase a smaller rug that accommodates the smallest size of the table without the leaves, but still keep the position of the chairs into consideration.
The size of the room and ratio to the size of the rug is important because if the room is significantly larger than the table and chairs, then you will definitely want a larger rug. If the room is smaller and the table and chairs take up most of the room a rug that is sized for all of the leaves may overwhelm the room.
A simple guideline is to measure the length and the width of the table and add 4’ to each measurement.

Bedroom

One of the benefits of having an area rug in a bedroom with hard surface floors is the warmth of your feet hitting the floor in the morning. In this case, the area rug should cover the area of the bed as well as the nightstands. This should give your feet plenty of landing room while keeping the nightstands level.
Another opinion is that the rug should extend 18″ past the edge of the bed for a king or queen size bed and 12″ for a full or twin size bed. The rug can certainly extend more, but should not be less than these guidelines. Area rugs can also be used in the sitting area of a bedroom to create a cozy space. Another option is to “scatter rugs” throughout the room. One could be placed in the seating area and another at the foot of the bed.

Hallways

  • Area rugs can make a hallway quieter and warmer. They should cover as much of the length of the hallway without intruding into the traffic area.
  • The rug should be contained in the hallway and not intrude into the next room. You don’t want to find yourself partly on and partly off an area rug in a room.
  • This can be a great area to choose a colorful patterned rug because it will do a better job of hiding dirt and traffic, it can give life to an area that typically doesn’t have a lot of color or pattern and can set the tone/color palette for the rooms off the hallway.

Foyers/Entry ways

A general consideration is to leave a minimum of 18″-24″ of space from the area rug to the wall. This is helpful especially when trying to place an area rug in an entry way. For small foyers, a smaller amount of space can be considered, for example 8″.
Walk off mats should be placed outside. The interior rug should be for decorative purposes and secondary to the exterior rug for catching dirt.
Don’t forget about round rugs in the entry. Like a round eating table, a round rug can be a very inviting first impression.

Regular Maintenance and Care Suggestions

The first thing we recommend is that you purchase a pad to put underneath your rug. This will keep your rug from sliding around, which can cause premature wear, and will help retain its original appearance longer.

Second, rotate your rug periodically. Over the years, set traffic or sunlight patterns can cause fading or uneven wear on a rug that isn’t occasionally rotated.

Vacuuming is the best way to remove every-day dirt and dust. (Special care should be taken in the fringe area as vacuuming with a beater bar can catch and pull the fringe, causing separation.) In the first year after bringing home your new rug, we recommend vacuuming at least two or three times a week to remove the excess fuzz that accumulates on the rug surface. This fuzzing is perfectly normal and in no way shortens the life of the rug. It is merely the result of loose fibers created during the weaving process.

After the first year, how often you should vacuum depends on how much traffic there is over the rug. In highly traveled areas, you may need to vacuum as often as once a day to keep soil from accumulating.

Immediate Action on Spills

Natural wool fiber sheds liquid spills, so quick action offers the chance of preventing a stain. The following action will help you prevent stains from setting in.

  1. Never rub a spill. You will only force the spill deeper into the fibers and possibly ruin the nap of your carpet.
  2. Except for latex paint spills, remove any solids using a spoon or blunt knife. Work from the edge of the stain inward, scraping in the direction of the pile whenever possible. Latex paint, which solidifies on rubbing, should be rinsed with large amounts of water, then gently blotted with white paper towels or napkins.
  3. Press absorbent white paper (paper towels, tissue, napkins, etc.) gently on the stain and repeat until as much moisture as possible is absorbed.
  4. Try to remove any residual stain with a little lukewarm (not hot) water containing a small amount of carpet shampoo or mild dish-washing liquid and pure white vinegar.
  5. If water fails, the next step is solvent. *Before attempting to clean, always test the effect of the solvent by applying a few drops to an unseen area of the rug, then blotting with a clean white tissue or paper towel. Any solvent must be used sparingly, and according to manufacturer’s suggestions.
  6. Apply the solvent directly on the stain and work gently with a spoon handle. Blot out quickly and gently with absorbent white paper until as much moisture as possible is absorbed. Repeat the process until the stain is removed, never over wetting the stain. This can cause rings on your rug, and some solvents can damage the latex-coated backings.
  7. If it is not possible to use solvent, greasy stains may be removed by placing an absorbent white paper on the stain and ironing the paper for a few seconds. This will soften the grease, which is then absorbed by the paper.
  8. Never walk on a moist area of your rug, as this can distort the pile. A hairdryer can be used to accelerate drying of moist spots
  9. Always Check the solvent manufacturer’s label for possible toxicity and hazards.

Your floors will usually be the foundation for your design. An authentic hand made area rug can visually integrate or harmonize diverse elements in any decor or can re-energize a room.

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Voile Magic: FABRICA Custom Rugs

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Fabrica is a fully integrated manufacturer of carpet and rugs for the most demanding segments of the high style residential market. Our distinctive broadloom carpet, custom area rugs and hand-tufted rugs have earned Fabrica an international reputation for exquisite style and exceptional performance. Fabrica takes pride in providing friendly, efficient customer service and technical support.

STATE OF THE ART

Since the company’s founding in 1974, Fabrica’s state of the art research and development facilities have consistently produced innovative and diversified products, offered in impeccable color choices. The selection, timeliness, and clarity of color have always been Fabrica’s primary hallmark of quality.

BEFORE

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Interior designers are passionate about improving their clients’ lives through style, comfort and concepts that are unique to the individual. Fabrica’s reputation for quality and style comes in part from the unmatched creativity of Fabrica designers, whose sense of craftsmanship and passion for color consistently produce the most innovative carpet and area rugs available.

Fabirca has a passion to be “Best in Class” – blending exquisite style and uncompromising performance in every carpet and rug we produce.

AFTER

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Designing for a Greener Future
Fabrica Recycles

Fabrica has instituted an extensive recycling program throughout our facility, diverting tens of thousands of pounds of waste from landfills every year.

  • Scrap metal
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Backed and unbacked carpet waste is bundled for reprocessing into a variety of useful products.
  • End-of-lot and waste yarns.
  • Obsolete computer equipment is sent to a recycling facility for closed loop recycling. Mechanical separation and not incineration ensures minimal environmental impact by converting electronic waste into useable raw materials.
  • Cardboard
  • Paper
  • Fiber waste from shearing process.
  • Manufacturing chemicals are delivered in re-useable containers that are returned to the supplier and reused.
Water Conservation

Fabrica partners with the Orange County Water District’s Green Acres Project, a water recycling effort that provides reclaimed or “gray water” for widespread regional landscape irrigation projects, such as schools, parks, golf courses, as well as some industrial uses. Every gallon of reclaimed water Fabrica uses saves a gallon of fresh water for drinking or other purposes. Fabrica makes use of reclaimed water in the carpet manufacturing process, and wastewater is used to cool large pieces of equipment. Continued process improvement and conservation efforts have significantly reduced Fabrica’s annual water consumption.

ENERGY Conservation and Alternative Fuel Sources

Using a combination of conservation techniques and alternative energy sources, Fabrica has successfully lowered energy use levels, while at the same time increasing production capacities.

  • Manufacturing equipment has undergone large-scale conversion to cleaner, low NOx (Nitrrogen Oxides) technology.
  • Existing dyeing unit was retrofitted to function with less than half the former energy consumption.
  • All equipment has been fitted with Variable Frequency Drives to conserve energy.
  • The 200,000 sq. ft. roof at Fabrica’s Susan Street facility has been replaced with a Title 24 Cool Roof. By using highly reflective materials, cool roofs stay 50-60º F cooler, thereby lowering energy and maintenance costs, improving occupant comfort levels, and increasing the roof’s life cycle.
  • All propane-powered forklifts have been converted to electric.
  • T-8 bulbs used in our facility save over an estimated 1/2 million kilowatt hours per year.
  • Waste water heat is recovered and re-used in a heat exchange system, reducing energy throughout our dyeing process.

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The name Fabrica has become synonymous with carpets since the inception of this spectacular company. More than 30 years ago, Fabrica was founded by a group of individuals who were determined to achieve their goal of producing the most wonderful and beautiful carpets to decorate the homes of people worldwide, and all this for an affordable price. Fabrica carpet prices are among the lowest given the amount of quality these carpets and rugs provide all available at PROSOURCE.

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Spring Into Style with SISAL

Sisal

Superior grade Sisal is grown on plantations in Tanzania, East Africa. This extremely strong fiber is obtained from the long, green leaves of the Agave Sisalana cactus plant. Each leaf contains approximately 1,000 fibers that are extracted, washed, sundried, brushed, graded and bailed. The remaining plant is used to produce electricity, which supports Tanzania’s economy and helps energize rural areas and to feed farm animals.

Sisal is used in many hard-wearing products, including twines for marine and bailing, ropes, plaster reinforcements and dartboards. The same qualities of strength that make the fiber preferred in these products make it ideal for floor covering.

Green Properties: Natural/Renewable/Biodegradable/Sound Absorbing/Flame Resistant/Durable/Anti-Static/Naturally Insulating

Other Sustainable Products

Sustainable Floor coverings are made of materials that are “naturally green”. These natural fibers include sisal, sisal wool, seagrass, mountain grass and jute are renewable, sustainable and biodegradable. Organic fibers are grown the same, sustainable way they have been for centuries.

Seagrass

Seagrass is made from the Sedge family of plants, which grow in the low-lying areas of the Asia-Pacific region. The perennial grasses are harvested from paddy fields that are flooded with seawater during the growing cycle. When the grass is mature, the fields are drained and the plants are cut and bundled. Workers twist (or ply) the grass entirely by hand and send it to be woven into carpet.

Seagrass, once thought to be an unusable fiber, has been transformed by weavers into sought-after products such as baskets, placemats, bowls, furniture and flooring. The yarn, which is strong, durable and non-porous has a naturally smooth texture, subtle sheen and warm hue that makes it a popular choice for use in carpets and rugs.

Green Properties: Naturally Renewable/Stain Resistant/Durable/Strong/High Quality/Sustainably Harvested/Anti-Static

Hemp Grass

The primary type of mountain grass cultivated for fiber is Hemp. This durable, non-porous plant has a smooth texture and a subtle sheen that helps repel liquids. The Hemp is sustainably harvested in the higher altitude slopes of the Pacific Rim. Once cut and dried, the fiber is separated from the core, while the outer skin of the stalk is retained, resulting in a stronger, and more resistant yarn.

Hemp cultivation improves the condition of the grounds, making it an excellent crop to use in rotation. The long-lasting fiber is used to make paper, fabrics and rope, in addition to beautiful floor coverings. The natural Hemp is woven in a distinct array of textures and patterns that accents its warm, rich hues.

Green Properties: Long, Strong Fiber/Renewable/Biodegradable/Repels Liquids and Stains/Naturally Insulating/Mold and Mildew ResisYour

Fitting – about stairs, gripper, underlay, adhesive and acclimatising

It needs to be understood that seagrass is fundamentally an indigenous product which would have been laid as loose mats in more basic architectural surroundings than we have in the west (i.e. huts). Western taste has demanded it be adapted to wall to wall fitting – this has been achieved quite successfully but gives rise to more care and maintainance than carpet.

Fitting natural seagrass flooring is more expensive than normal carpet fitting – there is more involved – both in labor and materials.

  1. Most people tend to have seagrass fitted on underlay, which needs to be the urethane type as opposed to ribbed rubber.
  2. Gripperods are not appropriate because seagrass is hard and therefore does not sit in the gap between the gripper and wall – it tends to arch leading to soft, raised “edge bubbles”.
  3. Sticking (or stapling) the underlay to the floor, then sticking the seagrass to the underlay is the preferred method of laying, and probably the only one that gets a guarantee.
  4. You can have the seagrass glued straight to the floor without underlay which will give a firmer feel more conducive to moving chairs upon (think home office/dining).

TIP: Use rubber mats for chairs with castors.

Overall the choice for natural floorcoverings adds to a more ethereal element of design to your space. As Beautiful as it may be, take heed in keeping your new area rug or wall to wall flooring in walkable condition with an immense amount of TLC! Let ProSource be your destination wholesaler for Natural Floors and Area Rugs.

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